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The new organ is fantastic!

The official dedication of the newly restored organ took place at church last night. There was a lovely recital by a husband and wife team of organists. They were amazing musicians. The concert was dedicated to the memory of our church's former organist and music director. One of the organists had been his student for several years.

The event was reservation-only, and I've never seen the church so packed except on Christmas Eve! It was a wonderful concert. The new organ is so powerful! I don't think there's another one like it in the area. And it's still not finished- some pipes haven't been installed, and some others need more tuning.

Speaking of church music- I was such a wreck Wednesday night (if you saw my locked entries you know why) that I forgot to post about choir. It was a near disaster. The director is treating us like we're junior high voice students! I can't believe how much time he wasted on diction. We know all of that stuff! We need to learn THE MUSIC before worrying about the words. He spent half an hour on one verse of a hymn. And then we rushed through the music we needed to work on, including Christmas stuff. It's a little bit early, but my annual "we're not going to be ready for the carol service" freak-out is happening now...He's picked difficult music, and we need to really work on it. We're running out of time...

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crusherdisciple
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Swear to Dog, I thought that title read "Orgasm."

CD,
Obviously not getting enough of it at home.
mollybarton
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
LOL. I needed a laugh.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Holy Cow!
I've been dealing with an evil choir director for eight years! He does all the stuff you're describing. I've been to England with the choir twice, which is a very nice trade-off for all the suffering.

I just realized that I CAN read music and my troubles are HIS fault! He goes nutso on diction and really tiny stuff but doesn't care if an entire section has no clue on how to sing a particular anthem (read second sopranos).

I've been suffering from a major disconnect with music because of this. No wonder why I'm exhausted on Fridays! At least the bully witch second soprano left the choir (for the time being).

mollybarton
Nov. 22nd, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Holy Cow!
Sounds exactly like my director...
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